8.11.10

Tea Tasting


San Fransisco has a huge bustling Chinatown. 
It is well known as 'the largest and oldest Chinatown outside of Asia'.
In recent years there has been an influx of tea shops which offer 'Free Tea Tastings'. 
I am a HUGE believer of teas healing properties and often make 'potions' at home.
It is important to find pure, natural and organic ingredients in order to accelerate the healing qualities of a cup.




The Aroma Tea Shop is located in the heart of Chinatown on 6th Ave and does a wonderful easy-going tea tasting with a plethora of patience and information.

My new favorite thing is this travel tea mug
My favorite tea is Blue People King Grade Oolong
Named for the literal translation and for what it resembles- Fish Food.
It is a mix of mint and liquorice root and promotes the metabolism and aids in digestion.  It is also know to ease headaches and dizziness and promote focus and awareness.
Truthfully I am not a big fan of licorice flavor but I am mildly obsessed with this tea.
One table spoon can make about three pots- one pot makes enough tea for two.

I much prefer natural flavors and am not particularly fond of sweets- but when I sought a tea that would appeal to my monkeys while providing some degree of antioxidants Vanilla Ice Cream Blue People Oolong fit the bill- The flavor is not at all unnatural and in fact very subtle- We all like it.

Finally- The Passion Date Blend is a mix of Hibiscus, Goji Berries, Dried Apples and Rose Petals.  The rose flavor is subtle yet prevalent.  Goji berries are to the Asian Market what Blueberries are to the North American market- Known for their antioxidants properties it is a popular ingredient in many teas.

All of these teas can be ordered online at Aroma Tea Shop's website:


28 comments:

Bo said...

Wow...no tea shops like that around here.

bklyn76 said...

tea has been a part of my life for as long as i can remember and i still usually end my day with a hot cup of chai. last night i had some peppermint tho b/c i had eaten too much and needed digestion help. ;)

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I have just never been a tea drinker. My English mother drinks many many cups a day and my daughter is a big fan. I must hop on board. Also don't like licorice flavor but am intrigued enough to possibly try that one. Sadle, I do have quite the sweet tooth.

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Very cool idea, the tea tastings! I'm a pretty basic orange pekoe gal but I do enjoy a cup of tea after dinner. Lately I've been having it with almond milk and honey - yum!

XO
Lenore

Bossy Betty said...

I love tea and thoroughly enjoyed this field trip!!!

Krystal said...

Thanks for the website!! i can't wait to get to San Francisco again someday:)

Signe said...

Reminds me that I need to stop by my locak tea store and pick up some new things now that it is autumn!

Great post :)

Jude said...

I am a huge tea drinker and just love this post, of course :) I'm also rather tickled pink that one of your photos features osmanthus tea - it's wonderful & has the most delicate taste (and in my family, my mum famously searched high and low for it in Hong Kong and Beijing and finally found it in America - irony). This has made me want to go off and brew another cuppa!

Lovely World said...

Very nice "tour of tea." And that photo of the Halloween loot count is timeless.

Ninjagaiden78 said...

I cannot wait to go to San Francisco!

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Stacey said...

Love this post and i'm particularly happy that you pointed out the healing qualities of tea. In my native Jamaica, we have different herbs that we use to make tea and especially with the sole purpose of healing an illness(cold, etc). Usually, these just grow wild in nature too. I wish i had a tea store like this one where i live now...

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

I totally believe that tea has a heeling effect, I should just remember it more often.... and take it to heart.
A reminder is always good.

By the way I think your little monkey has a lot of sense:)

and flowers pick themselves said...

some of my most vivid memories of the bay area are about chinatown. this post is like a dream :)

xo Alison

Clair said...

OK-Do you think I can substitute
the Oxtail Tail Root with Oxtail Soup? Hummmmm-probably not, but one can dream.
Enjoyed your post.
Clair

Grace said...

I am a coffee drinker but I do enjoy a cup of tea - usually with my mom. For me tea is enjoyed more with someone to drink it with...

I like the one that is an aphrodisiac AND relieves constipation - what a combo!

la petite coquine said...

I'm so happy you wrote about this-I'm always intimidated by Chinatown, and it's wonderful to have a little guide to the best places!

Dani said...

Right up my alley!

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

I can smell the aroma somehow!
I adore exploring Chinatown...awaken my curiosity!

Andrea said...

WoW! please can you transport me over there?

Annushka said...

I love tea shops, i like it))) Very nice post&blog!!! Lovely dear.

heather yalin said...

yum! the hubs is gonna love free tea tastings and lots of loose leaf tea in general! this makes me so excited!

BigAppleNosh said...

I love reading all the properties that each tea offers!

Mo Pie, Please said...

When we were in SF in August, a friend of mine practically blew her savings in Chinatown on tea. I benefited from it though when she had me over and we slurped it all down!

Mama Gone Green said...

I love SF and I love Chinatown. I am due back for a visit!

this free bird said...

I am with you on the wonderment of tea. It is one of those things that has layer upon layer of goodness. Wish I was in SF to visit The Aroma Tea Shop...it looks like a wonderful place.

xo,
C

Kimia Kline said...

thanks so much for this tip. i love tea and live really close to sf chinatown!

Emma said...

Yes, tea is very healing, I truly believe that also. I went to Chinatown in SF years ago and loved it, love the whole city actually.

Bombay Beauty said...

lovely idea -- and love tea, though i must confess i have recently been seduced and sidetracked by the convenience of coffee. making tea well requires precision (right water temperature, right amount of leaves, right soak time) -- but the ritual is part of its beauty.... xo bb

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